Munson earns AHA/ASA honors

TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center received recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Munson earned the 2019 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award.

According to a release from Munson, to receive the Gold Plus Award, the hospital must meet “specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients within a designated period.” Education, risk factor modification, other transition interventions and follow-up visit scheduling must also be done prior to discharge.

The Honor Roll Elite-Plus Award is for “door-to-door treatment time for administering clot-dissolving medication.” The release said the time to administer was reduced from 60 to 45 minutes and that Munson achieved that metric for more than 50 percent of its applicable patients.

More information on Munson Healthcare’s stroke program is available at

Changes for counseling business

TRAVERSE CITY — Mental Wellness Counseling announced several business changes.

Licensed master social worker Nicole Ball has taken over as owner and operator, according to a release from the practice. Ball specializes in helping individuals overcome anxiety and is also a full-time professor in the social work program at Ferris State University.

Mental Wellness Counseling has also moved to a new location at 1844 Oak Hollow Drive in Traverse City.

The release also said the practice has five new clinicians and will soon begin accepting insurance. The practice is adding on-site services including massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation workshops and dietician consultation.

Mancelona receives MSHDA grantMANCELONA — The Village of Mancelona received a $30,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority to “rehabilitate the exteriors of homes,” according to a release from Mancelona Community Resource Development.

The release said the grant will provide funding for six occupied homes in the village. Applications will be available within a month.

For more information, contact CRD coordinator Elise Crafts at or (231) 313-7116.

Great Wolf Lodge adds day passes

CHICAGO — Great Wolf Lodge announced that day passes are now available at most of its waterparks, including the one in Traverse City.

Waterpark day passes start at $50 per person, according to a release from Great Wolf Lodge. Prior to this, the waterpark was only available to overnight guests.

The day passes are available now at all Great Wolf Lodges with the exception of the resort in Bloomington, Minnesota, which will implement the program in July. To mark the change, Great Wolf Lodge will donate $5 to Make-A-Wish for every pass sold now through the end of June.

Mammoth Distilling a festival partner

TRAVERSE CITY — Mammoth Distilling was named the official spirits partner for the 2019 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.

In addition, Mammoth Distilling has collaborated with Great Lakes Equestrian Festival to craft a signature rye that will be released only to event participants. Mammoth Distilling will also have an onsite lounge called The Mammoth Outpost at the festival. It will have seating overlooking the Grand Prix Ring. The company will host special dinner experiences for festival guests during the six-week event.

Mammoth Distilling is headquartered in Central Lake with tasting rooms in Central Lake, Traverse City and Bellaire.

Charlevoix DDA earns accreditation

CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix Main Street Downtown Development Authority earned accreditation from Main Street America.

According to Main Street America, Charlevoix, Boyne City and Grayling are the only accredited Main Street America members in northwestern Lower Peninsula.

According to a release, Main Street America accreditation recognize programs for “their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.” Main Street America programs claim to have generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net businesses and generated 25,301 net jobs in 2018.